a land formation, less extensive than a plateau, having steep walls and a relatively flat top and common in arid and semiarid parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.
Other definitions for Mesa (2 of 2)
a city in central Arizona, near Phoenix.
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How to use mesa in a sentence
As revealed in Orange County Weekly, the California congressman left the million-dollar rental in Chula mesa, California a mess.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the San Ysidro and Otay mesa ports also are on the lookout for Dorner.
Last July, the California cities of Irvine and Costa mesa were plagued by a series of small fires.
The opposition alliance, mesa de la Unidad, has put forward an aggressive plan to defend the votes.Could Hugo Chávez Really Lose Venezuela’s Election? | Boris Muñoz | October 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
mesa and Venturini said they knew Poppo would head back to the parking lot stairwell again that night to sleep.Advocates Reached Out to Ronald Poppo Before He Was Face-Eating Victim | Aram Roston | June 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pack mules were already below the mesa, and reached in a long line over the range towards the cañon of the eastern trail.
They watched Clodomiro circle over the mesa trail and follow the women down the slope of the little valley.
Four Indian youths with a huge and furious bull came charging down the mesa towards the corral.
As they proceeded, the rocks gradually disappeared from the sides of the trail and the country flattened into a level mesa.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends | Stanley R. Matthews
Does the bird-lover ask what species dwell on a treeless mesa like this?Birds of the Rockies | Leander Sylvester Keyser
British Dictionary definitions for mesa
a flat tableland with steep edges, common in the southwestern US
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Scientific definitions for mesa
An area of high land with a flat top and two or more steep, clifflike sides. Mesas are larger than buttes and smaller than plateaus, and are common in the southwest United States.
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